These Are the Most Segregated Cities in America

These Are the Most Segregated Cities in America

Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City are among the most segregated cities in America.

Published January 4th

More than 50 years since the civil rights movement, many American cities are still segregated. Milwaukee, Chicago and New York City lead the list of those that still possess color lines. 

There has been some decline in black and white segregation, according to Census data analyzed by Brookings, but it still remains. The report measures segregation by the percentage of Blacks that would have to change neighborhoods to "match the distribution of whites."

In Milwaukee that number is 81 percent; New York, 77 percent; Chicago, 76 percent; Detroit, 75 percent; and Cleveland, 74 percent. 

These cities in particular are where many Africans-Americans moved during the Great Migration from the South to the North in the early 20th century. As rising housing costs continue to skyrocket, more and more individuals and families are returning to the South to live. 

"The new numbers show that for all but five large metropolitan areas, the average black resident lives in a less black neighborhood in 2010-2014 than in 2000," wrote William Fey. 

There has also been an increase of Blacks moving to suburban neighborhoods, where integration is seeing a rise. Atlanta, Louisville, Kentucky, and Dallas are larger metropolitan areas in the South that have seen an increase in integration in the past several years.


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